On Thursday 22nd February, Isca Academy hosted thirteen sparkling leaders of the future as part of the Aspiring Senior Leader Programme (ASLP) last week. The session was led by Siobhan Meredith, Headteacher (Marine Academy Primary) and Gary King, Deputy Headteacher (Isca Academy), included an excellent presentation from Isca’s Headteacher, Aimee Mitchell, on ‘The Not to do List’ when applying for Leadership positions. So far on the ASLP, delegates have reflected on research from Daniel Goleman, discussed what it means to be operational and strategic and taken a DOPE Bird Personality Test to see explore their leadership style. For the final day, the Leaders will present about their journeys. Finally, thank you to all the schools who have kindly hosted work shadowing visits from delegates in recent months.
Siobhan Meredith + Gary King
West Country Teaching School Alliance and Dartmoor Teaching School Alliance came together to host a Women Leading in Education South West conference on Wednesday 31st January 5-7pm. Organised by Sara Jacobs from WCTSA, the event was hugely popular – even on a cold, dark night in January! Viv Grant opened the evening with a passionate keynote focused on the power of coaching. This was followed by Margaret Davis, Director of ‘The Glass Lift’, who shared real-life success stories and inspiring outcomes of coaching on individuals and businesses. The closing keynote, by Mary Myatt, asked the audience to consider what soulful schools, heart-based education and courageous leadership should look like. All attendees have shown interest in being coached, or becoming a coach – or both! Regional hub leads will now lead a series of training days for coaches, so that they are well equipped to support women no matter the stage in their career. One attendee said of the event: “What a fantastic event... Inspirational talks, a great atmosphere and freebies. I am sure that the people who attended will have left inspired to improve themselves and others as well as reconnect with their moral purpose.”
Caroline Sherwood | Project Director WLiE SW | English SLE at SMCC
On Wednesday 31st January, Dartmoor Teaching School Alliance hosted an Early Years Network Meeting at Okehampton Primary School, for teachers across Devon who work with children from 2 to 5 years old.
In order to inspire local teachers, an Internationally Accredited Early Years consultant, Alistair Bryce-Clegg was invited to share his knowledge and expertise in this area. Alistair was a Headteacher of a very successful three-form entry Infant School and Early Years Unit in the North of England for ten years. Alongside his headship, he worked with a diverse range of settings to help them to enhance their Early Years practice. In 2009, Alistair left headship and went into full time consultancy. He is now the proud owner of ABC Does. Alistair’s experience and expertise has meant that he has been invited to work with individuals, settings and Local Authorities, both Nationally and Internationally. He has written on the subject of Early Years teaching for a wide variety of publications and is well respected within his field, due to his ethos of leading by example, rather than by simply “telling” teachers what to do.
Alistair spent three hours at Okehampton Primary School focusing on giving teachers some insightful ideas about how to encourage young children to develop the skills needed for writing.
Dartmoor Teaching School Alliance’s Early Years Specialist Leader of Education, Suzie Stevens who is Assistant Headteacher at Okehampton Primary School said, “It was a wonderful opportunity to listen to an Internationally acclaimed Early Years speaker in our local setting. Alistair gave more than 50 local teachers lots of inspiring ideas and tips to develop their practice and take back to their schools. His fantastic sense of humour and realistic anecdotes resulted in teachers having not only an informative day, but also an enjoyable experience too.”